Join us on the opening weekend of Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia to hear from Tina Baum, Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at National Gallery of Australia, in conversation with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki senior curator Nathan Pōhio and two artists from the exhibition, r e a and Christopher Pease. In this kōrero they will share their insights into the themes and artworks of the exhibition, which brings together works by over 160 First Nations artists from Australia.
Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia is presented by the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts in partnership with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and supported by the Australian Government.
Image credit: Daniel Boyd, Kudjla/Gangalu/Kuku Yalanji/Jagara/Wangerriburra/Bandjalung peoples, Treasure Island, 2005, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, purchased 2006.
Tina Baum is from the Gulumirrgin (Larrakia)/Wardaman/Karajarri peoples of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, with Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Scottish and German heritage. She has over 30 years’ experience working in museums and galleries throughout Australia and is the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia. Baum has curated major national and internationally touring exhibitions including Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art
Triennial (2017), Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia (2021–23) and Emerging Elders (2009). Baum has a passion for learning and sharing First Peoples cultural knowledge and representation through the arts, culture, histories and Indigenising/de-colonising voices, perspectives and truth-telling. Baum has a focused passion to Indigenise best practice methodologies through appropriate cultural-care, identification, documentation, and Community engagement/co-management of Indigenous collections by reasserting traditional language, cultural authority and agency within Museum and Galleries throughout Australia and internationally.
Image Credit: Patrice Riboust